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    I'm Janine, a lifestyle and local brand photographer based in Bangor, Northern Ireland. I'm on a mission to help you see what I see, whether that's what love in your family looks like or how amazing your creative work is. If you would like to chat more about what I do (I'm always up for a coffee!) or book a session I would LOVE to hear from you!
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One of the best bits of photographing a couple’s wedding, is that sometimes you get a call a year or two down the line to share the amazing news of a new addition to the family and the need for some new photos. I was had the best time second shooting with Aly Harte at Pamela and Andy’s wedding several years ago, and as Aly has decided to focus full time on her art and wellbeing blog (and sold me most of her equipment!) it was me who got to document the new family of 3.

Now we all know I’m a sucker for a baby session, but the cuteness of this and Eva’s facial expressions for one so young literally tipped me over the edge. Also, is there anything more beautiful to watch than new parents who are in love with their baby? I think not.

 

I have some space for family sessions through the summer, so if you would more information I would love you to fill in the contact form at the top of this post. I promise you won’t regret it!

 

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It’s such a miserable night here – rain is pelting down, the wind is blowing the bins all over the place, and we’ve the fire lit for some comfort inside. Somehow it just doesn’t feel like spring has sprung, even though the Google logos are trying to convince us otherwise! So in the name of encouraging spring along, I thought I’d share some photos I took of my friend Zoë teaching a group of fabulous women how to make a floral crown. Zoë is the owner of Zoë Conville Design House, based here in Bangor, and we’re doing a little mutual Mother’s Day giveaway on our Facebook pages which you might want to check out. Her floral creations are completely stunning yet she manages to make it all look so easy. I’ve had a go at it and I can tell you it’s not!

These images were taken at a party organised by another creative and talented friend, Janice of Gathered Threads, and the combination of creative women, sunshine and maybe just a little bubbly made for a wonderful evening all round. I highly recommend a nosey at the websites and Facebook pages of these two, as well as making sure you’re all signed up to the giveaways. You can enter Zoë’s via her Facebook page and mine by making sure you’re on my newsletter list before Friday 23 March at midday. You’ll find the link for that here. For now I shall leave you with these gloriously sunny photos and head back off to the fire, and maybe a wee gin!

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  • March 23, 2017 - 12:53 am

    Sandra Boyle - Well, that looks like wee buns!! I`ll knock up a couple for the girls in time for Easter!! However, the colours are just so pretty & spring like!!ReplyCancel

We all know that time flies, but sometimes something happens to make you realise just how fast it is actually going. This happened to me recently when I took pre-baby photos for my friend on her due date (she lives on the edge!) followed by a newborn shoot less than 2 weeks later. But it was the fact that I had also done an engagement shoot with them and had the privilege of being their wedding photographer that made me realise that not only had time whizzed by, but that life changes literally in the blink of an eye.

From a carefree couple in love, through the precious vows of marriage, to the strange last days of it being just two, and finally to the exhilarating and exhausting days of being first time parents. It has been an absolute delight to watch two wonderful human beings I am proud to call my friends move through these transitions, and I can hardly wait to get my camera round to the baby chub that is now forming rapidly on these fragile little limbs!

One of the things I love about this pair is their willingness and desire to be in the photos. All too often I hear clients (read ‘women’!) say, “Oh don’t get me in the pictures – I’m so unphotogenic/need to lose weight/hate my nose…” And I’ll admit, I feel that too. But life is short, people. And your kids don’t see what you see. And they will want to look back on photos so they can judge you for your hair style and fashion sense – indeed, it is their right, so who are you to deny it?!!

I have some spaces available over the next few weeks for sessions out and about or at your home, so if you think you might need to get yourself in the picture, why not give me a shout? I mean, Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it would make an awesome present – I even have gift cards if you would like to purchase a session as a gift and book at a time that suits.

Don’t forget you can also sign up for my newsletter, where there will be exclusive special offers and giveaways that you don’t want to miss!

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  • March 15, 2017 - 10:22 pm

    Jo - Beautiful photos Janine. Really wish we’d thought of doing this all those years ago when our boys were babies. xxReplyCancel

I am pretty lucky to have some really great people in my life, and some of them arrived in a sort of roundabout way. My friend Jo, is married to an old friend of my husband, but we’ve struck up a unique connection over the years. We’ve shared losses, laughs and had many an adventure with (and without) our boys. We’ve even managed to meet up wearing exactly the same top, shoes and earrings!

Last year, I persuaded Jo to let me take photos of her with her boys in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, and we had such a great time. From our iconic cranes, Samson and Goliath, to the quirky industrial buildings, from historic boats to the incredible Titanic Museum, there is just so much good stuff to photograph. And when you add good friends into the mix, it’s a great combination!

These are just a few of the highlights of our shoot around the area.

Such a seriously cool location for photos! If you’re thinking of updating your own family photos over the spring, I’d love you to give me a shout by clicking on the contact form at the top of the page. Or you can find me on my Facebook page over there on that tab on the left!

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  • February 19, 2017 - 9:13 pm

    Jo - Thank you for being such an awesome friend and photographer! xxReplyCancel